Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Beginning January 1, 2015, significant changes will take effect in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. For divorcing couples in Illinois, 2015 will bring standardized rules for determining the amount and length of court-ordered financial support payments (aka spousal maintenanc...
Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
At some point, everyone needs the assistance of an experienced legal professional. This is especially true for couples experiencing separation or divorce and their attendant issues of child custody, property division and support payments.
In these situations, it can be great to have a DuPage Cou...
Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 02, 2014 | 0 Comments
A new Illinois law, concerning the first right of refusal for parenting time, will have an effect on parenting with a joint custody arrangement. Effective January 1, 2014, if the court awards joint custody, a parent who is unable to care for the child or children must offer parenting time to the...
Posted by Erin Birt | Dec 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Are you in couples therapy or marriage counseling? Has there been a determination that the marriage is broken? Are you looking for low cost divorce services to help your family? This post will focus on how our firm works collaboratively with families utilizing Couples Therapy, Marriage Counselin...
Posted by Erin Birt | Oct 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
The November issue of the DCBA Brief is out. DuPage County Family Law Attorneys Erin Birt and Elizabeth Chacko co-authored the articleThe Changing Role of the Tender Years Doctrine: Gender Bias, Parenthood, and Illinois Law” in this months DCBA Brief. Click here to read the article on page 26.
Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
In September 2013, the Mediation Council of Illinois issued the following statement about Important Change to Illinois Family Law Mediation Rules:
“IMPORTANT CHANGE TO FAMILY LAW MEDIATION RULES!
Effective as of September 1st, The Illinois Supreme Court expanded mediation rules with changes to ...
Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
During 2013 – 2014, Erin Birt will serve as the Vice -Chair of the DuPage County Bar Association's Child Advocacy Committee. The committee will organize and present on various topics such as child custody evaluations, juvenile criminal matters, juvenile probation matters, contested adoption matt...
Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
Is a Collaborative Divorce right for us? An Illinois Collaborative Divorce or Collaborative Family Law Services are beneficial for families with unique circumstances that do not fit a “one size fits all” approach often used by courts, families that do not want to duke it out in court, families th...
Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 23, 2013 | 0 Comments
Yesterday, while sitting in divorce court, I observed a woman, representing herself, engaged in a hearing with a divorce attorney. She obviously researched her issue and came to court with her organized binder, however, she unfortunately did not understand the true legal issue before the court an...
Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
We wanted to update you on the Upcoming Presentations by Erin Birt. Erin will be presenting on the topic of Substance Abuse and the Family in Collaborative Divorce on the following dates:
~January 17, 2013 for the members of the Western Suburban Practice Group for the Collaborative Law Institute...
Posted by Erin Birt | Jul 05, 2012 | 0 Comments
The affordable divorce services provided by The Law Firm of Erin N. Birt P.C. focus on Integrity. Integrity is an adherence to moral and ethical principles and honesty. Unfortunately such words and phrases are not commonly associated today with attorneys or divorce law firms. The Law Firm of Er...
Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 09, 2012 | 0 Comments
As a divorce lawyer in Illinois, practicing from DuPage County, a common question is: “How is property divided?” The answer, however, should also incorporate the answer to, “How is property classified?” Therefore, this post will focus on Illinois Divorce: Property Division Case Law Update.
Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 31, 2012 | 0 Comments
In Illinois, divorce and/or custody cases often include mediation. Parties will likely attend mediation to assist in the resolution of disputes involving custody, parenting time, visitation, and requests to remove the child/ren from Illinois. Parties can also attend mediation, with any qualifie...
Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 25, 2012 | 0 Comments
In Illinois, cameras may soon make their appearance in Circuit Court courtrooms. Cameras would not be permitted in cases involving juveniles, adoptions, and custody cases. What about divorce cases that do not involve children? More information is needed about the pilot program. This post will...
Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 24, 2012 | 0 Comments
In Illinois Divorce and Illinois Custody matters, case law is always being produced and updated by the court system. Today's post is going to focus on the Illinois Child Support Case Law Update.
In re the Marriage of Rice is a recent Illinois Child Support case that addresses the issues of ch...
Posted by Erin Birt | Dec 22, 2011 | 0 Comments
In an Illinois divorce case, hiding assets or failing to disclose assets during a divorce is costly. It may affect the classification and distribution of assets and it may be cause for a court to sanction a party. This post will focus on Illinois Divorce: Case Law Update.
A recent Illinois A...
Posted by Erin Birt | Dec 05, 2011 | 0 Comments
The Law Firm of Erin N. Birt, P.C. accepts family law clients (adoption, mediation, divorce, collaborative divorce, general family law, child support, paternity, etc.) from Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Kendall County, and Will County. Understanding that it is often difficult to write...
Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 30, 2011 | 0 Comments
Individuals going through a divorce or separation during the holidays can find it difficult to cope with the added stress. This time of year is especially difficult as the holiday season is a day to day reminder of happier times or feelings of loneliness. Just because a family is in transitio...
Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 22, 2011 | 0 Comments
Families in a Cook County Divorce or Cook County Paternity case may be assigned a parent coordinator. While a parent coordinator is often utilized in Cook County, it is not as frequently utilized in DuPage County Divorce or Paternity cases. This post will focus on Cook County Family Law: Paren...
Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 16, 2011 | 0 Comments
La Carte Legal Services are also called “limited scope legal representation” and “unbundled legal services.” Regardless of what the service is called, it means that the client can pick and choose what services the attorney will perform during the course of representation. This post will focus o...